COVID-19 in Israel: Over 10,000 new cases, highest number since April

168 people are currently considered to be in serious condition.

 Magen David Adom workers wearing protective clothing release a patient from the Coronavirus ward of Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem on February 09, 2022. (photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)
Magen David Adom workers wearing protective clothing release a patient from the Coronavirus ward of Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem on February 09, 2022.
(photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

Some 10,200 new COVID-19 cases were recorded across Israel on Sunday, the highest number of new daily cases seen in the country since early in April.

Of some 26,200 authorized PCR and antigen tests taken throughout the day, 38.95% returned a positive result. The R-rate currently stands at 1.32, a slight increase from the previous day.

The number of serious cases also continues to rise, with 168 people currently considered to be in serious condition, including 32 people who are intubated and two people connected to ECMO machines. The number of serious cases in Israel has increased by 95% in the last week alone, according to Health Ministry data.

Due to the increase in cases, the ministry has reportedly instructed hospitals to reopen their COVID-19 wards for the first time in several months.

6,711,084 people have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Israel, with that number falling to 6,143,251 with regard to the second dose. The number drops significantly to 4,497,300 for the third vaccine, and according to Health Ministry data, just 819,614 people received the fourth vaccine, which was only recommended for the elderly and high-risk populations.

 A nurse prepares to administer a fourth booster Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a person with an implanted heart. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV) A nurse prepares to administer a fourth booster Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a person with an implanted heart. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

Since the start of the pandemic, Israel has recorded 10,908 COVID-19-related deaths.